mec held a commission meeting on new electoral laws

By Atibu Witness

The Malawi Electoral Commission on July 29, 2023 held a commission meeting with various stakeholders at MT Lodge in Mangochi District aimed at reminding stakeholders a number of changes on new electoral laws.

The death of two councilors identified as Edna Yusuf Jose of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Ramsy Kajosolo has accelerated the process of by elections in Mangochi and Zomba districts respectively.

The MEC team leader, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano highlighted that, MEC is expected to hold by-elections on September 26, 2023 in Mwansa Ward (Mangochi Central Constituency) and Mtiya Ward (Zomba Central Constituency) after the wards became vacant due to the death of the two mentioned councilors.

In his speech to the participants Fabiano cited that every candidate is obligatory to pay nomination fee during period of collecting nomination papers.

“There will be by-elections on September 26, 2023 in Mwansa and Mtiya wards. There is a few changes in Malawi Electoral Laws including nomination fee” said Fabiano.

Concurring the same Evance Afati, MEC official revealed that, nomination period has been scheduled from August 20 to 26, 2023.

He added that the campaign period will commerce on September 24, 2023 and ends the same day while voting process will start from six o’clock in the morning to four o’clock in the evening on 26 September 2023.

Additionally the results will be announced on September 28, 2023.
“ By elections calendar of 2023 indicates that Mwansa and Mtiya wards will start registering voters on 20 August 2023 “ concluded Afati.

Speaking on the same meeting, David Matunika another MEC official said that, the recent laws does not allow candidates to use political propaganda that can damage the reputation of fellow candidates during campaign period.

Matunika added that, no nominee is allowed to use government resources at the period of campaign and everyone who will defy the new laws will be fined a sum of K10 million including a 2-year jail term, and if he/she fails to pay the fine the person will serve five years imprisonment with hard labour.

Matunika also assured the participants that the amended electoral laws are better off as it curtails some malfeasance and corruption practices during election period. Some of the widespread irregularities include Tippex that was applied in the general election of May 21, 2019 will be avoided.

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